Last Saturday, Phil Hughes laid an egg for the New York Yankees when he lasted just 4.1 innings against the rival Boston Red Sox. Things were quite different on Thursday night as he went seven strong innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing just four hits and no runs.
It has been a tough year so far for Hughes, and his worst outing was against these same Mariners back on May 15 in New York. That night, he failed to get out of the first inning and gave up seven runs on six hits and two walks. With his performance on Thursday, he was able to bring his ERA under 5.00 and pick up his third win of the season.
For a guy that might become a free agent at season’s end, it is time for Hughes to get things together. He has proven in the past that he can rack up the wins.
The offense was led by Robinson Cano, who blasted his 15th home run of the season. Mark Teixeira also had a homer, his third in seven games played so far this season. The Yankees were able to knock starter Aaron Harang out of the game with a six-run third inning.
It was a nice start to the Yankees’ 10 game west coast trip, a part of the season that often doesn’t go well for the Bronx Bombers. If they could go 6-4 on this trip, I would be more than happy as a Yankees fan. One win down, only five more to go.